This is my first KGI book, though it’s not my first Maya Banks read. I was previously a big fan of the books I have read from her, so I was excited to read Darkest Before Dawn, and plus, I love a good romantic suspense. It wasn’t too difficult to get into this book, given that I haven’t read any of the other KGI books, but unfortunately, what prevented me from fully enjoying this was the insane amount of repetition. The premise of Darkest Before Dawn had great potential, but I would’ve enjoyed this book so much more if a ton of the narrative had been cut shorter.
Honor Cambridge is on the run from a terrorist organization out to kill her, trying to survive one day at a time in the Middle East. She’s a headstrong, fierce, honorable woman who’s been through so much yet still keeps her head held high. She’s close to freedom until Hancock intercepts her journey – she believes he’s there to save her, but little does she know that she’s a pawn on his chessboard.
Hancock is a mercenary – deadly, cold, unfeeling, and loyal to his duty to a fault. He and his men do things that no one else wants to do in order to help the ‘greater good’. Unfortunately, when that means sacrificing a sole person for the greater good, then that’s what he must do. Hancock’s objective is to take down Maksimov, an evil man who’s killed thousands of people, and the only way to get access to Maksimov is through Honor. So Hancock sets it up so that she believes he’s taking her to freedom, when in fact he’s leading her something worse than death. But what happens when he grows to care for his captive, and wants to make a life with her?
While I really enjoyed Honor’s character, Hancock was a miss for me. I got annoyed when he kept going on and on about the ‘greater good’ and trying to reason with himself that what he was doing to Honor would be worth it. Honor was the main reason I was able to keep reading, though the repetition of everything got old fast. I found myself skimming chunks of the book to get to the dialogue, because all the unnecessary details were just too boring.
I really wish this book could’ve been shortened, because I did enjoy the action and suspense. I liked the way the romance played out, that it wasn’t too rushed or too fast. Darkest Before Dawn was mainly an okay read – I wish I could’ve loved it more, but it was just too wordy for my taste.
Reading Order: KGI series
#1 ~ The Darkest Hour: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ No Place to Run: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Hidden Away: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#4 ~ Whispers in the Dark: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#5 ~ Echoes at Dawn: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#5.5 ~ Softly at Sunrise: Ebook • Audible • Goodreads
#6 ~ Shades of Gray: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#7 ~ Forged in Steel: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#8 ~ After the Storm: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#9 ~ When Day Breaks: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#10 ~ Darkest Before Dawn: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads